Dirk van Braeckel, the 54-year-old Belgian who authored the modern look of Bentley, has been replaced as the brand's top designer by Luc Donckerwolke, Volkswagen Group's head of advanced design.
As Bentley's styling boss since 1999, van Braeckel was the second longest serving vehicle brand or automaker design chief in the world -- after Ford Motor Co.'s J Mays. Bentley built its sales renaissance on the look of van Braeckel's Continental GT. He will move to an unspecified design position within the VW Group.
Donckerwolke, 47, and also Belgian, began as a designer at Audi in 1992 and has worked for several VW Group brands, including Lamborghini, Seat and Skoda. His work at Lamborghini included the designs of the Murcielago and Gallardo.